Location: JFK Airport
Description: Waiting at the airport, last entry before departing to Uganda!
I showed them my typewriter, and they didn’t think I was THAT weird 🙂
You know, this is the first time being with a group of people that I didn’t need to justify my purpose or reason of being in the Peace Corps. It was a crazy feeling to feel accepted like this, and with all of these new people that I have not met before yet knowing that all of us have a mutual understanding of what we’re getting in to, it was really nice.
I felt more open to share what I do what my interests are… and naturally the first thing I wanted to talk about was my typewriter haha. It has been an integral part of my daily writing habit and therefore became a part of my daily routine. What made me really happy was the positive feedback I got from the other volunteers. They were more excited than confused at why I brought a typewriter, haha.
Feelings Before Departure
I’m not really feeling much of any emotion even though we’re about to embark on this flight pretty soon. It all feels more like a study abroad trip more than anything. A group of people, all eager to go on a trip to somewhere almost completely foreign, filled with vigor and confidence. The thing about this trip, though, is that it isn’t so much about fun and games anymore. This is going to be the real world. We’re going in to an experience that will test our limits, bring us to our breaking point and potentially push us over the edge.
Knowing all of these things, we all decided that we would still persevere and continue on this very ambiguous journey. I don’t think anyone was super compelled to choose to go to Uganda specifically. For me, I just didn’t feel comfortable enough to be putting my time in to simply working day in and day out for a bi-monthly paycheck.
Everyone has their many different kinds of thoughts and feelings, and everyone shows their unique way in handling themselves in group or solo situations, myself included. I chose to run and exercise rather than spend the time building rapport with my family. This cohort, is practically my family at this point, since we’ll be staying with each other for the next 10 weeks or so.
Philly to Qatar to Uganda
Another trek is ahead of us: about a 12 hour flight to our layover in Qatar followed by the 6 hour flight to Uganda. 18 hours. I don’t think I’ve had proper rest since my first flight out of Hawai’i haha. Alas, I can’t have everything. Sleep included. This is going to be one of many instances where things won’t be quite as comfortable as I would want it. in training and in our volunteer work, I don’t know what kind of challenges we’ll be running in to. There’s so much left to think about doing, yet I’m not even sure where our journey will even begin.
At least I have the “good” kind of nervous, I can’t wait for all of this.